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Minutes of the DVOC
December 3, 2015
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

President Phil Witmer called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. ?
Total present: 58 present and guests included:

Robert Koch
Tom Johnson
Doug Gochfeld
Alex Lamoreaux
Brian Hart
and others

Committee Reports

Bonnie Witmer invited club members to join her in welcoming new member Kim Selby.

Phil Witmer noted that after publishing several fine volumes of Cassinia that Dave Long has resigned, and that the new editor will be Matt Halley. Matt Halley was present and noted that he is already fielding manuscripts, several of which Dave had forwarded on to him for consideration. Matt noted that the next issue of the journal will be published at the end of 2016 and will cover 2014-2015. Those wishing to contribute to this issue can email Matt at:

No report.

Youth Birding:
No report.

New Bins for New Birders (NB4NB):
No report.

Bob Billings Big Year:
Art McMorris noted that it is not too early to register your participation in the 2016 Billings competition.

Art McMorris announced that the Nominations Committee supports the following members for the following posts as officers:
President: Steve Kacir
Vice President: George Armistead
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Treasurer: Bert Filemyr

Also council members Barbara Granger and Tony Croasdale are set to cycle off of council, and the committee offers the names of Holly Merker and Jason Weckstein to fill their vacancies.

Art also asked for any additional nominations from the floor, and none were offered. The voting for the new officers will take place at the annual meeting on January 7th at Jenkins Arboretum.

No report.

Field Trips:
Tony Croasdale noted to upcoming field trips on Saturday Dec. 5th,
A trip to Conowingo led by Cliff Hence, to see the eagle spectacle there. And a trip to Heinz/Tinicum led by George Armistead, Martin Selzer, and special guest Alvaro Jaramillo.

Tony, also mentioned that on Dec. 12th, Keith Russell will lead a trip to East Park Reservoir.
And on Dec. 13th, George Armistead will lead a field trip to Cape May, NJ.

Phil Witmer reminded everyone to come and join the fun for the Dec. 17th meeting which is photo night, when members share their best photos for prizes, accolades, and trash-talking.

Trip Reports:
No report.

Bonnie Witmer noted that devoted club member Cindy Ahern’s father had recently passed away.

Paul Guris noted that the Paulagics schedule for 2016 was just about set and included 2 8-hour New York departures in January for alcids, and two 12-hour trips (NJ, NY) targeting Dovekie

Rob Bierregaard notified everyone that ANS of DU Historian, Bob Peck had sustained serious injuries after being struck by a car last week. Fortunately, Bob is making good improvement, and seems to be recovering well.

Mike O’Brien has Bluebird houses for sale, available for $35 for larger houses, and $25 for smaller houses with proceeds benefitting Holy Family Homes.

Phil Witmer reminded everyone that the first meeting of 2016 would be at Jenkins Arboretum, with a snow date of Jan. 14th, Bonnie Witmer noted it is a potluck, and encouraged folks to bring some tasty morsels to share.

Local Notes
Mick Jeitner noted that he and Linda and visited Falls Ancient Park and tallied an Orange-crowned Warbler there.
Matt Halley noted that “Melvin’s Sandhill Cranes” are again on the move and headed south, yet no one knows where they winter. The flock breeds in Maine and numbers about 24 birds. Gregg Gorton complimented Matt on his paper on these birds that appeared in the “Winnower”.

Main Program

Alvaro Jaramillo – Weird Things Are Happening: Gulls, Birding and the Asian Invasion.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02pm. The usual suspects then assembled at Cherry Street Tavern.

Respectfully submitted,
George L. Armistead, Secretary